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Testing AAVrg-hSyn-mCherry in the Putamen of Rhesus Macaques

Addgene #114472-AAVrg

Data Submitted By
Adriana Galvan and Johnson Agniswamy
Submission Date
August 15, 2023
Publication Date
August 24, 2023 (modified August 24, 2023)
Aligning Science Across Parkinson's ASAP-020572 through the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) ( Wichmann, PI, Galvan Co-I); P50NS123103 (NIH/NINDS) (Wichmann, PI, Galvan Co-I); P51-OD011132 (Emory Primate Center base grant); ASAP-020572; P50NS123103; P51-OD011132
Two rhesus macaque animals were tested for AAVrg-hSyn-mCherry in the putamen. We observed abundant mCherry-positive neurons in expected targets (i.e., motor cortical regions known to project to the putamen).
Testing AAVrg-hSyn-mCherry in the Putamen of Rhesus Macaques. Galvan A, Agniswamy J 2023. Addgene Report,
Caption: Injection of AAVrg-hSyn-mCherry in the putamen of rhesus monkey. (A) Low magnification view of a coronal section of a rhesus macaque that received AAVrg-hSyn-mCherry in the putamen. B to E) Higher magnification images of areas shown in rectangles in A. Abundant mCherry positive cells were found in M1 and SMA. In the external globus pallidus (GPe), we found a combination of mCherry-positive putative terminals and cell bodies (arrow), while in GPi, we found mCherry-positive putative terminals. The labeling of terminals in GPe and GPi indicates anterograde transport from the site of injection (putamen)

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Vector Used
Addgene #114472-AAVrg

Virus & Injection


Virus Name
Catalog Number
Virus Lot Number
Cargo Type
Injection Titer / Dose
2.00 E+13 vg/ml
Injection Volume
2 tracks of 2 µl each (total 4 µl)
Injection Rate
0.5 µl/min
Injector Material
Hamilton micro syringe
Tip Diameter
Injection Time
For putamen injections, the needle was left in place for 10 minutes before withdrawal.
Injection Site / Route
Post-commissural putamen. Neuronames ID: 230.
Additional Details
Targeting and trajectory planning occurred through presurgical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Two injections tracks were done, in each we deposited 2 µl of the viral vector (total 4 μL), at an infusion rate of 0.5 μL/min using a Hamilton microsyringe (Reno, NE) coupled to a stereotax-mounted automated injector pump system.
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Other Details

Non-Human Primate
Strain or Cell Line
Rhesus Macaque
Emory National Primate Research Center
Other Information
2 females
Age at Injection
5 years, 2 months; 5 y 6 months
Time After Injection
6 and 8 months
Detection Method
Assay & Results
Two animals were injected in putamen. We used antibodies against mCherry to examine expression. The brain sections were pretreated (10% normal goat serum, 1% bovine serum albumin, and 0.3% Triton X-100) and then incubated in the antibody solution for 24 h. The sections were then incubated in the biotinylated antibody for 90 min. Afterward, the sections were placed in 0.025% 3-3’-diaminobenzidine tetrachloride, 0.01 M Imidazole, and 0.006% H2O2 for 10 min. The sections were mounted on slides, covered, and digitized with an Aperio Scanscope CS system.
Target Cell Transduction
We observed abundant mCherry-positive neurons in expected targets (i.e., motor cortical regions known to project to the putamen)